Archive for July 21st, 2010

source: ZimOnline
by Caroline Mvundura Wednesday 21 July 2010

HARARE – Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti will lead a joint government and business delegation to neighbouring Botswana to discuss the modalities of a 500-million pula (aboutUS$70 million) credit facility availed by Gaborone.

“I will be taking business people from the CZI (Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries) to Botswana …. the minister (of finance) in Botswana has advised me to do that in the next few months” Biti told a CZI meeting in Harare at the weekend.

The money is earmarked for use to revive Zimbabwe’s manufacturing sector that is struggling to shake off the debilitating effects of a decade of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Edgar Tsimane

President Ian Khama’s association with Conservation International has in the past benefited Botswana. The office of the President says the country continues to benefit from President Khama’s private association with the organization.

The Press Secretary to the President says contrary to belief that Khama’s attendance of some meetings was personal and did not benefit the country, the opposite is true as such interactions have led to the country receiving awards like the Destination Stewardship Award of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in May this year.

“Frankly, there is nothing incredible with His Excellency attending significant international civil society gatherings such as his attendance at the Conservation International and the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation. Both organizations are very strong and [continue reading]

source: IOL
July 20 2010 at 11:58PM

The South African ambassador to Israel, Ismail Coovadia, will return to that country to resume his duties after he was recalled for consultation following an attack on a Turkish ship which killed nine people.

“Following extensive discussions and consultations with Coovadia, the decision was taken by government for (him) to return to Tel Aviv to resume his duties there,” Department of International Relations spokesperson Saul Molobi said on Tuesday.

A probe into the attack by an internal committee had been concluded.

Molobi said although the committee admitted that mistakes were made by the Israeli military, no further action was [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
20 July 2010

The South African government is coming under increasing pressure to take action against Robert Mugabe and his land ‘reform’ programme, after more South African farmers were arrested in Zimbabwe last week.

The farmers, Gary Godfrey and Nigel Fawcett, together with Fawcett’s manager Russel McCormack, were arrested in Nyamandlovu after more than a month of police harassment and intimidation. The farmers are being charged under the Gazetted Lands (Consequential Provisions) Act for occupying so called ‘State Land’ illegally. Both Godfrey and Fawcett have been arrested before on the same charges, which were dropped.

According to the Southern African Commercial Farmers Alliance in Zimbabwe, the harassment against the farmers began in late May, with police cutting off water supplies to Godfrey’s Highfields Farm. The move left all of Godfrey’s staff and their families without water, as well as his livestock. The police also stopped the staff from working, resulting in none of [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter

A query raised by the Auditor General on how the DIS (Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services) was allowed to draw money from the National Disaster Relief Fund is expected to cause a storm in parliament next week when the Public Accounts Committee report is tabled and debated by Members of Parliament.

Sunday Standard can confirm that by the time it was established, DIS was not budgeted for.
Because they had no money with which to start the project those who were tasked with setting up the directorate turned to the National Disaster Relief Fund from where they drew at least P16 million.
This has not gone down well with the Auditor General and the [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
20 July 2010

Tensions are running high in South Africa after 5 people were injured Monday evening in more xenophobia fuelled violence, in the KyaSands area of north-western Johannesburg. Some of those injured were Zimbabweans. According to media reports police had to use rubber bullets, helicopters and armoured vehicles to take control of the situation. At least 10 people were arrested as armed police moved from house to house.

Only last week similar violence broke out in the Western Cape with locals looting and burning shops belonging to foreigners. The reports immediately confirmed widely held fears that the end of the World Cup would re-ignite attacks on foreigners. South Africa has a population of about 49 million people and 10 percent of this figure is made up of foreigners, the majority being Zimbabweans fleeing political repression and economic hardships back home.

South Africa’s Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, is however accusing the media of [continue reading]